Old Mole Variety Hour

 

The Old Mole burrows down to the roots of the great issues of our time – the struggles of ordinary people for democratic and sustainable ways of life.  The Mole goes where corporate media fear to tread, supporting grassroots challenges to top-down authority and giving voice to movements that shake the foundations of an unjust society.  The Moles' perspective is democratic, broadly socialist, and feminist.  (We count Karl Marx as a friend).

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 Our theme "Mole in the Ground" is by Bascom Lamar Lunsford  (1924), somtimes blended with a newer versions, like the one  by dj/rupture, sung by Sindhu Zagoren.  It's on the album Special Gunpowder

Our graphic lettering is  by Charlie Ertola.

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Earth Day show about labor and the environment, mining on Mt. St Helens, and a biblical flood
 

Episode Archive

Old Mole Variety Hour on 09/05/11

Air date: 
Mon, 09/05/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
working-class environmental movement, verizon strike, unpaid work & economic justice, Left & the Law

On this special Labor Day episode Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/15/11

Air date: 
Mon, 08/15/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Rise of the Planet of the Apes, riots in London and Israel, music of riots, prison reform

On the next Old Mole, Denise Morris hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick interview Lance Tapley about prison reform
  • Movie Moles, Joe Clement and Frann Michel, talk about Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Bill comments on the uprisings in Israel and England
  • Radical Musicologists, Josh Wise and Brad Duncan, discuss the music of and surrounding riots and uprisings, samples of which we'll hear through out the show

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/08/11

Air date: 
Mon, 08/08/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
taxing wealth, book mole, movie moles review If A Tree Falls, left press

On the next Old Mole, Tom Becker hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick talks with Sam Pizzigati about how the rich do not invest like conservatives ideologues say that they will if only we give them tax breaks, and how we need to tax their wealth, not just their income.
  • Book Mole Larry Bowlden reviews Sheila Kohler's "Love Child."
  • Movie Moles, Jan Haaken and Wendy Webb, review If A Tree Falls, a documentary about the Earth Liberation Front, a group made notorious by their retaliation against polluters and environmental exploiters.
  • Tom Becker reads from the Left Press.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 08/01/11

Air date: 
Mon, 08/01/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
debt ceiling, economic democracy, austerity and music of the IWW

 

On the next Old Mole, Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

  • Bill Resnick and Marty Hart Landsberg talk about the debt-ceiling and how it will affect working people.
  • Joe and Josh Eidelson talk about economic democracy
  • Frann Michel talks about austerity measures and Dennis Kucinich offers his own plan to avoid them and get out of debt.
  • Music of the Industrial Workers of the World

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/18/11

Air date: 
Mon, 07/18/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
The latest from Wisconsin; Running for Teamster President; Future of the Tea Party

Laurie Mercier will host this show which includes these topics:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 07/04/11

Air date: 
Mon, 07/04/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
welfare & the working poor, cutting food-stamps, Church sex-abuse, the American Dream

On the next Old Mole, Joe Clement hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/27/11

Air date: 
Mon, 06/27/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
church sex-abuse, public not private goods, movie moles: tree of life, reading from the left press

 

On the next Old Mole, Tom Becker hosts and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/20/11

Air date: 
Mon, 06/20/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Drone warfare, Movie Moles:The Beginners, Book Review: The Bad Girl, Radical Musicology: Ewan McColl

 

On the next Old Mole, Laurie Mercier hosts, and we hear:

Old Mole Variety Hour on 06/06/11

Air date: 
Mon, 06/06/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
War on Drugs, Medicare for All, relating to animal exploitation, Left press

On the next Old Mole, Joe Clement hosts and we hear about:
  • The War on Drugs, the costs of its failure to everyone, and alternatives.
  • Laurie Mercier talks with Dr. Garrett Adams, president of Physicians for a National Health Plan, about the threatened cuts to Medicare and continued need to expand an improved version to everyone.
  • Well Read Red, Frann Michel, looks at the way animals resist human exploitation and how they relate to our experiences of resistance to exploitation.
  • Tom Becker reads from the Left press.

Old Mole Variety Hour on 05/02/11

Air date: 
Mon, 05/02/2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Short Description: 
Alternatives to cuts in Oregon budget, Islamophobia and Islamic feminism, Left and the Law

On the next Old Mole. Joe Clement Hosts and we hear about:

  • An Interview: alternatives to cuts in the Oregon budget
  • A Well Read Red: Islamophobia and Islamic feminism
  • Another installment of The Left and the Law: Troy Davis and the death penalty

Audio

Old Mole Variety Hour 6 January 2014

program date: 
Mon, 01/06/2014
Old Mole Variety Hour
The first Old Mole Variety Hour of 2014 looks back at histories of struggle and forward to the end of alienation. Joe Clement hosts, and we hear segments on class struggle in labor and party politics, anti-capitalist activism in Mexico and globally, the revolutionary reform of guaranteed basic income, and the liabilities of hate crimes law. 

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To hear individual segments, follow these links:

Bill Resnick talks with Howie Hawkins about class struggle in labor and party politics

Well-read red Frann Michel on Zapatista resistance to neoliberalism

Joe Clement and Jacobin on basic income

Denise Morris talks with Yasmin Nair about hate-crimes laws

To hear the whole show with musical breaks, press play below.
  • Title: OMVH 2014.01.06.m4a
  • Length: 58:03 minutes (26.58 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR)

Yasmin Nair on the Trouble with Hate Crimes Law

program date: 
Mon, 01/06/2014


Denise Morris talks with Yasmin Nair of Against Equality about the ten years since the murder of Brandon Teena, and about how hate crimes legislation can result in increased surveillance and punishment of the very marginlized communities it is ostensibly meant to protect.

See also Nair's article on Why Hate Crimes Legislation is a Bad Idea; her review of a recent book on Matthew Shepard, and these other articles on the issues:

Kay Whitlock, We Need to Dream a Bolder Dream: The Politics of Fear and Queer Struggles for Safe Communities
Lisa Duggan, Crossing the Line: The Brandon Teena Case and the Social Psychology of Working-Class Resentment
Against Equality, Various articles on Hate Crimes Law and the Prison Industrial System


Zapatista Resistance to neoliberalism

program date: 
Mon, 01/06/2014

Well-Read Red Frann Michel considers the twenty years of NAFTA and of Zapatista resistance to NAFTA and neoliberalism. You can read a longer version of this piece, with links to sources, here on her blog.

Decentralizing Energy

program date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013
How could the production and distribution of energy be cleaner and more subject to local control?  Energy expert Al Weinrub talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about how locally and cleanly produced electricity, not requiring fossil fuels, could engage local communities in decisions about where their electricity comes from.  Weinrub is  the author of Community Power, is a sustainable energy writer, analyst, and advocate. He is currently the coordinator of the Local Clean Energy Alliance, a Bay Area coalition advocating for local renewable energy, healthier sustainable communities, and clean energy jobs.  More about his book here.  

Queer Misogyny

Categories:
program date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013
In a recent blog post, Franvarian explores the stereotypes within the LGBT community that lead to misplaced and oppressive assumptions about femmes and to "femmephobia".  Old Mole Iven Hale reads it for us.  
Photo credit: http://geeksdreamgirl.com/

Climate Change: A New Insurgency?

program date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013
Since mere protest has not led to real action on climate change, a growing movement for stronger measures calls for civil disobedience.  Tom Becker reads from Jeremy Brecher's piece "Climate Protection: The New Insurgency" published in Foreign Policy in Focus.  
(Photo: Ben Schumin / Flickr)

Work and Capital: Going Away

program date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013
The solution to poverty and inequality is widely assumed to be jobs: more jobs with better pay.  But capital is committed to increased productivity -- more profits with less labor.  The more capital succeeds, the fewer jobs.  But ultimately, profit is value captured from labor. So if jobs disappear, so will capital.  Old Mole Joe Clement talks with blogger and activist Jehu about this contradiction.  Jehu blogs at The Real Movement, and his twitter account is here.  

Old Mole Variety Hour for December 30, 2013

program date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013

Tom Becker hosts this episode of the Old Mole full of ideas that rock the dominant paradigm:  climate insurgency, decentralized and democratic energy, a critique of femmephobia, and the end of work and capitalism.  
To hear the whole show with musical breaks, use the play button.  For individual segments, follow these links:
  1. Bill Resnick talks with energy expert Al Weinrub about new ways of producing and distributing energy.
  2. Iven Hale reads from Franvarian's blog about femme phobia in the LGBT community.
  3. Tom Becker shares a piece by Jeremy Brecker about climate protection insurgency.
  4. Joe Clement and blogger Jehu discuss the future of jobs and capital.  

Post-apartheid South Africa

program date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013
In spite of the ANC's and Nelson Mandela's socialist orientation, when they took power, they bought into neo-liberalism.  Why?  South Africa historian John Saul continues his discussion with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about the future of class struggle in South Africa.  Part 1 of this interview is here.  

Consciousness and Political Transformation in South Africa

program date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013
Jan Haaken talks with Derek Hook, psychoanalyst and author most recently of
<a href="http://us.macmillan.com/postapartheidconditions/DerekHook"> (Post)Apartheid Conditions: Psychoanalysis and Social Formation</a>.  They discuss experiences of time and transformation, Steve Biko and the Black Consciousness movement in South Africa, the limits of masculinist discourses, the importance of optimism, and the <a href="http://www.sbf.org.za/Main_Site/index.php">Biko Foundation</a>

Comments

Avatar's Jake Sully is ---- Tarzan - - -

 

A great review I've seen on Avatar (and how the soldier will save the people):

http://www.progressive.org/mp/danto010510.html

There is a link from there that exposes Cameron's plot as a mirror of Pocahontas, amazing parallel!      http://failblog.org/2010/01/10/avatar-plot-fail/

 

Since watching Avatar, I have viewed older videos on DVD and would rate that ahead of Avatar.

 

mel

 

 

 

commentary transcripts

It's convenient to have the Old Mole audio files available.
Even more useful for some of us would be transcripts of the commentaries (Clayton Morgareidge). Written material allows a person a chance to review, consider, digest and refer to mentioned references & thinkers. The "Well Read Red" commentary from 4 Aug 08 is a good example of a piece I'd like to read at my own pace.

transcripts

We will see to it that this happens whenever there is a prepared text. Thanks for the suggestion. Clayton Morgareidge The Old Mole Variety Hour

These folks are so profound

These folks are so profound and fascinating, especially the Resnick guy. Wow!

 

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